Changdeokgung Palace is also known as Donggwol, the Eastern Palace, because of its location to the east of Gyeongbokgung Palace. For 270 years, the palace was home to the Joseon government and was also the favored residence of many Joseon Dynasty kings. This makes Changdeokgung Palace the longest-serving royal residential palace. Compared to other palaces, Changdeokgung Palace is well-preserved and still has many of its original features. A particular virtue of Changdeokgung Palace is the way its buildings blend into the surrounding landscape. The palace's rear garden, Huwon, is considered an excellent example of Korean garden design and is the only rear garden of any Korean palace. In 1997, Changdeokgung Palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung
Feburary - May, September & October 09:00 - 18:00
June - August 09:00 - 18:30
November to January 09:00 - 17:30
※ Last admission one hour before closing
Huwon (Secret Garden)
March - May, September & October 10:00 - 18:00
June - August 10:00 - 18:30
November - February 10:00 - 17:30
December to February 09:00 - 17:00
Please check admission times for the guided tour.
※ Last admission two hours before closing
|Every Monday |
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty.
This area is designated as one of the main places in Seoul where there is a large concentration of traditional Korean homes (hanok).
Changdeokgung Palace is also known as Donggwol, the Eastern Palace, because of its location to the east of Gyeongbokgung Palace.